This is a trek that blends with the wild and takes you to the holy lakes of Gosainkund…the hike also wades through high passes with gpbsmacking mountain landscapes in view. It’s a perfect holiday for those seeking the wilderness amidst the divine presence of God that is so evident in the beauty of nature. This trek will bring you a special calm & help you get rid of your demons…
Know the lay of the land
Langtang valley is geographically placed north of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region. This area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest conserved Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq. km that lies on mountainous terrain south of the Nepal-Tibet (China) border.
Within its perimeters are some 45 villages, and the primary focus of the park is to preserve the regions by allowing the local folks to follow the traditional land use practices which are compatible with resource protection. We witness an assortment of cultures with the main three ethnic peoples living in the area. They are the Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias who originated from Tibet in the centuries gone by.
The southern section of the park has a small area of sub-tropical chestnut forest, along with unique Sal forest. The hill forests (2000-2,600m) across the southern slopes of the park consist of Chir Pine, Rhododendron, Nepalese Alder and Oak. Moving north and higher, the Montane zone (2,600-3000m) are mainly Mountain Oak, fading to Silver Fir, Hemlock and Larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3,6000m); throughout these zones, several species of Rhododendron trees form a twisted and colorful under story, continuing higher to tree line Birch and Fir forest that are the last to survive. It is here at 3,600-4000m that Juniper and Rhododendrons shrubs slowly dissolve into the expansive alpine grassland meadows. This is where the elusive snow leopard is still thought to comb the alpine heights for prey. The park is also well known for its populations of red panda, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, Himalayan thar, ghoral (mountain antelope) and more than 250 species of birds.
Langtang also attracts a great number of trekking backpackers in Nepal after Annapurna and the Everest region. This fantastic trek, a perfect blending of moderate and energetic walking goes into high alpine valleys in the backdrop of high snowcapped peaks, & in the spring, this area literally becomes a natural garden of wild colorful flowers. Become a pilgrim, and head to the shimmering lakes at Gosainkund. There, you will find peace and serenity alongside Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. The area has a natural sacredness about it, exposing views extending all the way to the Annapurnas. Cross Laurabina Yak La Pass at (4,615m), adjoining the Gosainkund and Helambu regions. At the higher elevations, the terrain transits to arid alpine above the tree-line and the villages get sparser. Conventionally, Langtang area is a region rich in cultural wealth in comparison to most other regions. Central to this region north of Kathmandu, are peoples of Tibetan origin found on the Tamang Heritage Trails that create the mystique found in this sensational region.Welcome to our world, won’t you come on in!!!
Trip Duration : 9N / 10D
Trekking Code: STE/LR/02
Trek Grade: Moderate / Adventurous
Trekking & Camping: 06-07 days on the trail
Starts and Ends in: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel/teahouse lodge or camp – optional
Transportation: A private car or tourist coach – depending on the number of people
Meals: Provided on the trail
Maximum elevation: Laurabina Bhanjyang at 4610m
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Aiport
Day 2 : Kathmandu - Dhunche 1,965m. Approx 6-7 hours drive
Day 3 : Trek to Upper Syabru 2,720m. 5-6 hours walk
Day 4 : Trek to Singh Gompa / Chandanbari 3,250m - 4-5 hours
Day 5 : Trek to Gosainkund 4,380m. 6 hours walk
Day 6 : Rest day at Gosainkund for a local hike and acclimatization
Day 7 : Trek to Sing Gompa 4-5 hrs
Day 8 : Trek to Dhunche. 5-6 hrs
Day 9 : Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 10 : Final departure
A ‘TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cosy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Don’t be surprised if the delectable ‘apple pie’ lands on your plate, it’s literally ‘yummy’’, even better than the ones you come across in Thamel. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene.
This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites…Bon Appétit!!
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.